<strong>Over 60 years of service in the Chicagoland community</strong> <b>A non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual disabilities</b> <b>TOGETHER we can CHANGE Many People's Lives</b>

Welcome to Austin Special Chicago!

What are Developmental Disabilities?

Developmental disabilities are a diverse group of severe chronic conditions that are due to mental and/or physical impairments. People with developmental disabilities have problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help and independent living. Developmental disabilities begin anytime during development up to 22 years of age and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



    Financial contributions have always been a fundamental part in the pursuit of our mission. As one of […]

    “The success of any organization or cause certainly relies on the powers of teamwork as well […]

    The Austin Special Developmental Training Center is licensed and certified by the State of Illinois as a […]

    Austin Special Chicago operates CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) group homes in Chicago. Each CILA house […]


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Any amount of donation, big or small, will be greatly appreciated and will directly benefit our
Developmental Training and Residential programs.

Austin Special on WGN Radio!

On Sunday, August 23rd Austin Special was interviewed on the Frank Fontana Show on WGN Radio AM 720. click here to learn more

It is the mission of Austin Special Chicago to meet the needs of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially those with severe and profound mental retardation; to provide training and education so that they may have more fulfilled and enriched lives; and to assist their families to keep them in the community.